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Yevgeniy Breyger

Yevgeniy Breyger © Gabriela Cuzepan

In sure rhythms Yevgeniy Breyger (b. 1989 in Charkow) creates aesthetic “kingdoms” in his poems. Yevgeniy Breyger studied Creative Writing and Cultural Journalism in Hildesheim, Literary Writing at the Deutsches Literaturinstitut (German Literature Institute) Leipzig and Curatorial Studies at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste – Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main. He has published in such magazines and anthologies as Jahrbuch der Lyrik, Lyrik von jetzt 3, Bella triste and Edit. He was an editor of Tippgemeinschaft, the annual anthology of the students at the Deutsches Literaturinstitut and the anthology Ansicht der leuchtenden Wurzeln von unten (poetenladen 2017). In 2011 he won the Selma Meerbaum-Eisinger Literature Prize, and in 2012 he was a finalist in the 20th Open Mike. His debut collection flüchtige monde was published by kookbooks in 2016 and was selected as one of the poetry books of the year in the Literaturhaus Berlin and one of the best poetry debuts of the year in the Haus für Poesie. In 2018 he received the Munich Poetry Prize 2nd Prize and in 2019 won the Leonce-und-Lena Prize.

Flüchtige monde, kookbooks 2016

Selma Meerbaum-Eisinger Literaturpreis 2011
Finalist at the Open Mike 2012
Second Prize at the Lyrikpreis München 2018
Leonce-und-Lena-Preis 2019

Jericho Brown

Jericho Brown © Mike Doyle

In his latest collection of poems, The Tradition (2019), Jericho Brown, who grew up in Louisiana, writes about the ambivalence of living in a country characterised by mass shootings and violent attacks on unarmed people by the police. In his poems, the body forms a place of refuge for living and surviving. At the heart of The New Testament (2014) Brown looks at what it is like living in the USA today as a black gay man. The collection won him the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was listed by the Library Journal, Coldfront and the Academy of American Poets as one of the best books of the year. His first collection of poems, Please, won the American Book Award in 2009.

Jericho Brown has won the Whiting Writers’ Award and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the National Endowment for the Arts.

His work has appeared in such places as Buzzfeed, The Nation, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New Republic, Time and The Pushart Prize Anthology, as well as being included in several volumes of the anthology series The Best American Poetry. He teaches at Emory University in Atlanta as an Associate Professor and Head of the Creative Writing Program.

Please, UPNE 2008

The New Testament, Copper Canyon Press 2014

The Tradition, Copper Canyon Press 2019

Awards (selection):

American Book Award 2009

Whiting Writers‘ Award 2009

Scholarship of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University 2009

National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for Poetry 2011

Anisfield-Wolf Book Award 2014

Fellow of the Guggenheim Fellowship  2016

Mario Chard

Mario Chard © Michael Reese

Mario Chard (b. in Northern Utah), son of an Argentinian mother who emigrated to the USA and an American father, interweaves themes of migration with stories around family, Abraham and his son. Chard’s current poetry collection, Land of Fire, includes Spanish and English sounds side-by-side. In 2016 he won the Dorset Prize from Tupelo Press and was acclaimed by the Poets & Writers Magazine as a Notable Debut of 2018. Most recently his poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry and the Boston Review. He has won the Boston Review “Discovery” Poetry Prize and is a former fellow of the Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University. He teaches in Atlanta, Georgia, where he lives with his wife and sons.


Land of Fire, Tupelo Press 2018


Dorset Prize 2016

Notable Debut of Poets & Writers Magazine 2018

Linda Gregerson

Linda Gregerson © Nina Subin

Linda Gregerson (b. 1950) draws lines with her poems between poetry and science. She is interested in how poetry learns from its neighbour and how it can honour it – with scepticism and resistance appearing as a possibility of expression. She is the author of six collections of poetry, most recently Prodigal (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2015). She has also written two critical monographs and is co-editor of Empires of God: Religious Encounters in the Early Modern Atlantic (Philadelphia 2011). Her essays on Early Modern English literature and contemporary US literature have been published in many journals and anthologies. Her awards include fellowships and prizes from American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Poetry Society of America, the Modern Poetry Association, the Institute for Advanced Study, the National Humanities Center, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim, Mellon und Rockefeller Foundations. She is currently a Professor at the University of Michigan, president of the Academy of American Poets and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.


Prodigal, Mariner Books 2015

The Selvage, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2012

Magnetic North, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2007

Waterborne, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2002

The Woman Who Died in Her Sleep, Mariner Books 1996

Fire in the Conservatory, Lynx House Press 1982

Awards (selection):

Consuelo Ford Award of the Poetry Society of America 1992

Scholarship of the National Endowment for the Arts in Creative Writing 1992

Fellow of the Guggenheim Fellowship 2000

Academy Award for Literature of the American Academy of Arts and Letters 2002

Scholarship of the Mellon Foundation 2008

Residency Program of the Rockefeller Foundation in Bellagio 2008

Ilya Kaminsky

Ilya Kaminsky © Cybele Knowles

Ilya Kaminsky (b. 1977 in Odessa in the former Soviet Union) has lived with his family in the USA since 1993. In Deaf Republic (Graywolf Press 2019) he makes silence legible – poetic moments combine to form a contemporary narrative of war and a city in whose ears snow falls. Ilya Kaminsky is co-editor and co-translator of many other books, including the Ecco Anthology of International Poetry (Ecco 2010) and Dark Elderberry Branch: Poems of Marina Tsvetaeva (Alice James Books 2012). His awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Whiting Writer's Award, the Metcalf Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a fellowship from the Lannan Foundation and an NEA fellowship. His poems have appeared in Best American Poetry and the anthologies of the Pushart Prize. Dancing in Odessa (Tupelo Press 2004) was acclaimed Best Book of the Year in the magazine Foreword. Most recently, Kaminsky has been shortlisted for the Neustadt International Prize for Literature. He currently holds the Bourne Chair for Poetry at the Georgia Institute of Technology and lives in Atlanta.


Musica Humana, Chapiteau Press 2002

Dancing in Odessa, Tupelo Press 2004
Deaf Republic, Grayworld Press 2019

Awards (selection):

Whiting Writer's Award 2005

Metcalf Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters 2005

Scholarship of the Lannan Foundation 2008

Scholarship of the Guggenheim Foundation 2018

NEA Scholarship for Creative Writing 2019

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Anja Kampmann

Anja Kampmann © Juliane Henrich

Anja Kampmann (b. 1983 in Hamburg) is a poet based in Leipzig. In her debut collection Proben von Stein und Licht (Hanser 2016) she records past and present landscapes in which the sometimes destructive drawing of boundaries between human and nature is crystallised. Anja Kampmann studied at the University of Hamburg and at the Deutsches Literaturinstitut (German Literature Institute) in Leipzig. She has published poems in such magazines as Akzente, Neue Rundschau, Wespennest and in the anthology Jahrbuch der Lyrik. In 2013 she received the MDR-Literature Prize, and in 2015 the Wolfgang Weyrauch Promotion Prize in the Literary March festival in Darmstadt. She was nominated for the Leipzig Book Fair Prize and the German Book Prize for Wie hoch die Wasser steigen, which won the Mara Cassens Prize for the best German-language debut novel and the Lessing Promotion Prize.

Proben von Stein und Licht, Hanser 2016
Fischdiebe, Leipziger Bibliophilen-Abend 2017
Wie hoch die Wasser steigen, Hanser 2018

Awards (selection):
Scholarship of the “International Writing Program“ University of Iowa 2010
MDR Literaturpreis 2013
Wolfgang-Weyrauch-Förderpreis at the Literarischer März in Darmstadt 2015
Mara-Cassens-Preis 2018
Nomination for the Preis der Leipziger Buchmesse 2018
Nomination for the Deutscher Buchpreis 2018

Ulrich Koch

Ulrich Koch © Amrei Marie

In his poems, Ulrich Koch (b. 1966 in Winsen an der Luhe) evokes everyday, remote and solitary places which leave a melancholy echo. He lives to the east of Lüneburg and works in Hamburg. His most recent books are Ich im Bus im Bauch des Wals published by Edition Azur (2015) and Selbst in hoher Auflösung from Jung & Jung (2017). As well as various fellowships including from the Förderkreis deutscher Schriftsteller in Baden-Württemberg and the Baden-Württemberg Art Foundation, he has received the 2007 Promotion Prize of the Stuttgart Writers’ House and the 2011 Hugo Ball Promotion Prize.

Weiß ich, Residenz Verlag 1995
Auf mir, auf dir, Residenz Verlag 1998
Der Tag verging wie eine Nacht ohne Schlaf, Lyrikedition 2000, 2008
Lang ist ein kurzes Wort, Lyrikedition 2000, 2009
Bleibe, Verlag im Proberaum 3, 2009
Uhren zogen mich auf, poetenladen 2012
Elementare Gedichte, Carl Walter Kottnik 2014
Selbstgespräche mit niemand, Lyrikedition 2000, 2014
Ich im Bus im Bauch des Wals, Edition Azur 2015
Selbst in hoher Auflösung, Jung & Jung 2017

Förderpreis of the Stuttgarter Schriftstellerhaus 2007
Hugo-Ball-Förderpreis 2011
Hamburger Förderpreis für Literatur 2011

Dagmara Kraus

Dagmara Kraus © Marcin Wezowski

In her poems, Dagmara Kraus (b. 1981 in Wrocław, Poland) creates linguistic universes which in their multi-lingualism resist direct understanding. In strict metre she feels for a way to narrate without staying too long in any one language, since after all people, like poems, communicate in many languages.

Since studying Comparative Literature, Art History and Literary Writing in Leipzig, Berlin and Paris, she has lived as a poet and a translator from Polish in Strasbourg and Berlin. She has received various awards for her poetry, including the Erlangen Literature Prize for Poetry as Translation in 2017, the 2018 Kassel Promotion Prize for Comic Literature and the 2018 Basel Poetry Prize.



kummerang, kookbooks 2012

kleine grammaturgie, roughbooks 2013

revolvers für flubis, SuKuLTuR 2013

das vogelmot schlich mit geknickter schnute, kookbooks 2015

wehbuch (undichte prosage), roughbooks 2016

alle nase diederdase, kookbooks 2017

Appropriation Aby Ohrkranf's HUNCH POEM, roughbooks 2018


Prosanova Audience Award 2008

Förderpreis für Literatur of the Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Westfälischen Kulturarbeit (GWK) 2010

Förderpreis of the Heimrad-Bäcker-Preis 2016

Erlanger Literaturpreis für Poesie als Übersetzung 2017

Förderpreis Komische Literatur of the Kasseler Literaturpreis für grotesken Humor 2018

Basler Lyrikpreis 2018

Georg Leß

Georg Leß © Dirk Skiba

Georg Leß (b. 1981 in Arnsberg) is the author of two collections of poetry, most recently die Hohlhandmusikalität (kookbooks 2019). In his work, creatures stroll beside unnamed figures and horror film directors. His love of the horror genre is communicated through an undefined terror that takes hold of you when you read about unfounded implantations and metamorphoses. Georg Leß lives in Berlin. In 2014 he received the GWK Promotion Prize for Literature and in 2016 he was awarded the promotion Prize of the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia for young artists.

Schlachtgewicht, parasitenpresse 2013
die Hohlhandmusikalität, kookbooks 2019

Working Scholarship of the Berlin Senate 2013
GWK-Förderpreis für Literatur 2014
Förderpreis des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen für junge Künstlerinnen und Künstler 2016

Ronya Othmann

Ronya Othmann © Beliban zu Stolber

Ronya Othmann (b. 1993 in Munich) writes poetry, fiction and essays and is a member of the GID poetry collective. Being herself the daughter of a Kurdish-Yazidi father and a German mother, Ronya Othmann deals with themes of migration, homeland and war. In her poetry she sees language as material that can be joined closely together, made to make playful sounds and even be crossed out, and with which she catches moments as in miniatures. Since 2014 she has been studying Literary Writing in Leipzig. To date she has published in such anthologies and magazines as BELLA Triste, the Jahrbuch der Lyrik, TAZ am Wochenende and in LITERATUR SPIEGEL. She is co-editor of the poetry anthology Ansicht der leuchtend Wurzeln von unten (poetenladen 2017). Awards include the 2013 Leonhard and Ida Wolf-Memorial Prize of the City of Munich, a residential fellowship in the Künstlerhaus Lukas in 2015 and the 2015 MDR-Literature Prize. In 2017 she won the Caroline Schlegel Promotion Prize in the Essay category and the Open Mike for Poetry.

Leonhard und Ida Wolf-Gedächtnispreis 2013
MDR-Literaturpreis 2015
Residency Scholarship of the Künstlerhaus Lukas 2015
Poetry Award at 25. open mike 2017
Caroline-Schlegel-Förderpreis 2017

Sandra Meek

Sandra Meek © Paul O'Mara

In An Ecology of Elsewhere (Persea 2016) Sandra Meek creates images of what is forgotten and endangered in South African landscapes. She is the author of six collections of poetry. Still, her latest book, is forthcoming from Persea Books in January 2020. She is also the editor of the book Deep Travel: Contemporary American Poets Abroad (Ninebark 2007). In 2011 she was a fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for Poetry and in 2015 winner of the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award of the Poetry Society America and has been nominated three times for the Georgia Author of the Year, twice for the Peace Corps Writers Award – from 1989 to 1991 she was a volunteer with the Peace Corps in Manyana, Botswana –, both of which she won in 2017 in the Poetry category. She is a co-founder and editor of the Ninebark Press, chair of the Georgia Poetry Circuit, poetry editor in the Phi Kappa Phi Forum and Dana Professor of English, Rhetoric and Writing at Berry College.


An Ecology of Elsewhere, Persea 2016

Road Scatter, Persea 2012

Biogeography, Tupelo 2008

Burn, 2005

Nomadic Foundations, 2002

Awards (selection):

National Endowment for the Arts Stipendium 2011

Lucille Medwick Memorial Award 2015

Georgia Author of the Year 2017
Peace Corps Writers Award 2017

Brenda Shaughnessy

Brenda Shaughnessy © Janea Wiedmann

In her latest collection, The Octopus Museum (Knopf 2019) Brenda Shaughnessy (b. 1970 in Okinawa) paints in light and humorous but confident strokes a picture of a future that comes out of our present, and in which, after the destruction of the oceans, humanity could be dominated by cephalopods. The author of five collections of poetry, she grew up in Southern California. Her collection Our Andromeda (2012) was one of the New York Times 100 Notable Books and was a finalist for the Griffin International Prize and the Kingsley Tufts Award. In 2018 Shaughnessy received the Literature Prize of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and in 2013 a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation. Her poems have appeared in such journals and anthologies as Best American Poetry, The Nation, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Poetry Magazine and The Yale Review.

She is currently working on a libretto for the composer Paola Prestini as a commission from the Atlanta Opera for the 2020 season. She teaches at Rutgers University, Newark, as an Associate Professor for English and Creative Writing and lives in Verona, New Jersey.


Human Dark With Sugar, Copper Canyon 2008

Our Andromeda, Copper Canyon 2012

So Much Synth, Copper Canyon 2016

The Octopus Museum, Knopf 2019

Awards (selection):                 

Finalist Kingsley Tufts Award 2012

Finalist International Griffin Prize 2012

Finalist PEN Open Book Award 2012

Scholarship of the Howard Foundation, Brown University 2013

Scholarship of the Guggenheim Foundation 2013